Some veterinarians are giving clients concerning advice, crossing a line into false and misleading pet food information.
Provided by concerned pet owners, below are flyers that two veterinarian offices are providing their clients.
Both vets offices recommend to pet owners Hill’s, Purina, and Mars; both recommend ONLY feed grade pet foods.
In the top flyer, the vet’s office suggests that all pets that have been consuming a grain free diet to be examined for heart disease. The veterinarian notice also tells pet owners the FDA “has issued a warning regarding grain free diets and other over the counter pet foods.” This statement is absolutely false. The FDA is investigating a potential link of heart disease and grain free pet food. Key words this vet’s office neglected to tell their clients: investigating and potential.
In the bottom flyer – under the category of “DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING” the vet’s office goes so far as to name 14 pet food brands that “may use deceptive advertising“. And then this section of the flyer continues with this:
“Diets that have not been thoroughly tested both in the manufacturing plant and in feeding trials may: 1) contain toxic substances which may be harmful, such as lead in the calcium source used in the food or 2) contain harmful excesses of vitamins, protein or other nutrients. Most nutrition problems nowadays aren’t caused by deficiencies but by excesses. Many food additives and minerals can be adulterated, contaminated or added to diets without any research or data as to their safety or efficacy when used in pet food or along with other ingredients. There are no vitamin manufacturers in the US. Nearly every pet food company buys vitamin, mineral and additive ingredients from large, overseas suppliers and most do no testing on those ingredients to ensure their safety.”
It’s interesting that this vet’s office shares with pet owners concerns of vitamin excesses; “contain harmful excesses of vitamins…” But…one of the pet foods they “REALLY LIKE” has experienced serious vitamin D excesses earlier this year (Hill’s – two recalls).
And then under the same “DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING” paragraph they tell pet owners “Nearly every pet food company buys vitamin, mineral and additive ingredients from large, overseas suppliers” . Here they include the words “nearly every pet food company“- implying that all do not. But then they say “There are no vitamin manufacturers in the US.” Thus, per their own information, the pet foods they “REALLY LIKE” are no different with vitamins than the pet foods they appear to link to “DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING“.
Personal opinion: I think veterinarians should make pet food recommendations when asked, but ONLY if the veterinarian is knowledgeable about pet food and ONLY if they give truthful information. To give advice to trusting clients when you don’t understand the subject is reckless (and just might get them sued).
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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